Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, delivered a speech earlier this week to mark the publication of the Topol Review. The review aims to make recommendations of how National Health Service (NHS) staff should be prepared to make the most out of digital technologies.
According to the Secretary of State:
“…for me, getting the right tech ‒ tech that works, tech that helps our medical staff, that makes their lives easier, that reduces the chance of human error leading to human tragedy ‒ is so important.
“I care passionately about giving our medical staff the right tools to do their jobs. I understand their frustration at systems that make their jobs more difficult. I get how a tough day becomes even tougher because something won’t work like it’s supposed to.
“Digital tech has the potential to transform our health service in the future, but the right tech, right now, will improve lives, and save lives. So the work must begin now.”
The launch of this review follows a number of other announcements regarding the Secretary of State’s ambitions for the use of digital technologies within the NHS.